After months of waiting for his birth, and weeks of watching him clomp around on a live stream, you can now meet April the giraffe’s baby boy Tajiri face-to-face.
Animal Adventure Park opened for the season on Monday, giving visitors their first chance to see the long-awaited calf in person. According to Spectrum News, the line to get into the wildlife park on opening day snaked into the parking lot, filled with people eager to see April, Tajiri and dad Oliver all together.
Tajiri, whose name was chosen by his keeper and means “hope” in Swahili, is no longer the tiny calf we first saw stumbling around on April 15. The giraffe has already grown to 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 180 pounds.
The blossoming boy and his family were supposed to make their debut on Saturday, but the park postponed the opening to Monday due to a storm rolling through the Harpursville, New York, area.
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This means Tajiri and April got to share a quiet Mother’s Day together before greeting their first throng of fans at the start of the week.
The time Tajiri fans have to meet the calf is limited. Once the male giraffe has matured, he will be moved to another zoo to prevent inbreeding.
Those unable to make the trip to Tajiri’s New York home can still keep tabs on the calf and his family on the Animal Adventure Park live stream of the giraffe enclosure, which now runs on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. EST.